Alex Julius was age 24 when he arrived in Darwin more than 25 years ago. From his antecedents as a budding teenage professional photographer, and a regular contributor to national fishing magazines by age 19, Alex is now one of Australia's best-known fishing media identities and arguably the nation's foremost authority on fishing tropical North Australia. He publishes NAFA (National Australian Fishing Annual), the country's biggest fishing magazine, and its sister publication, Barra & Bass Digest; and his company also operates Hotspot Fishing Tours which organises NT fishing holidays for interstate and overseas visitors.For several years, Alex was fishing presenter for Channel Nine's Wide World of Sports and compared his own successful television series, Fishing North Australia, which has been shown in the United Kingdom and is still being aired throughout South America, Asia and the Pacific.Alex has won pretty well every major Northern Territory fishing tournament, including the famous NT Barra Classic and the Barra Nationals.
Through the highly-regarded Amateur Fishermen's Association NT, where he was President for six years and then a life member, his advisory capacity on various boards and committees, and his more than 20 years as fishing columnist for the Northern Territory News, Alex continues to be a strong advocate for the development of recreational fishing as a major Northern Territory industry. In 2003, Alex was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society during the Centenary of Federation. The citation read: For promotion and protection of recreational fishing in the Northern Territory.
Left, Alex with his award
Alex was the Managing Director of one of the premier fishing lodges in the Northern Territory, the Arnhemland Barramundi Lodge , which is now owned by Outback Spirit Tours Pty Ltd.